Former England captain John Terry has retired from international football with immediate effect, stating that the FA have made his position in the team “untenable”.
The 31 year old defender, is set to begin a personal hearing on Monday to deny that he used “abusive or insulting words” against Anton Ferdinand in a Premier League match against QPR last October.
The Chelsea centre-back was cleared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in July of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League game.
He said he could not play for England because of the FA’s decision to pursue charges against him.
He also said that, “I feel The FA have made my position with the national team untenable. Representing and captaining my country is what I dreamed of as a boy and it has been a truly great honour. I have always given my all and it breaks my heart to make this decision. I wish Roy and the team every success for the future.”
“I would like to thank the England managers who have selected me for my 78 caps.
I have had great pleasure in sharing that honour with all the players that I`ve played with”, he added.